Posts tagged as NATO

ACO Legal Conference held in Greece

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The 11th Allied Command Operations (ACO) International Legal Conference is underway in Greece bringing together senior military and civilian legal advisors from across NATO and Non-NATO nations from May 7 – 10, 2018. The aim of the conference is to develop an understanding of special aspects of International Law while offering a unique opportunity to engage with experts and debate the legal approach to current challenges. “When I look at…

Civil Affairs minimizes burdens, fears around globe

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

U.S. Soldiers quickly walk through a rowdy crowd of civilians, all of whom are chanting, tossing vegetables and pumping their fists in the dust-clouded air. The outrage is apparent and is reflected in the terse greeting from the local mayor and nod of acknowledgement from the police chief. The team of four, all civil affairs Soldiers, are led to a large room filled to capacity, and after quick introductions, the…

‘Real chance’ of US boosting military presence in Poland: defence minister

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said on Monday there is “a real chance” of the United States increasing the number of troops it has stationed in Poland. Asked what the odds were of Washington stepping up its military presence following his talks with top American officials on the issue last month, Błaszczak told state broadcaster Polish Radio: “There is a chance. It is a real chance.” He added that such…

Denmark to Join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) welcomes the decision of Denmark to become a member of the NATO-accredited cyber defence hub. Denmark’s decision would lead to almost all Nordic nations working side by side at this multinational centre of excellence. “Resilience and strength in cyber defence is achieved through cooperation. According to an origin legend, the Danish flag, Dannebrog, fell from the heaven in Tallinn in 1219. It…

US relaunches Second Fleet in war preparations against Russia

By Bill Van Auken on Monday, May 7, 2018

The US Navy announced on Friday that it is relaunching its Second Fleet, a naval force to be deployed in the North Atlantic and directed at preparing for military confrontation with Russia. The fleet had been mothballed in 2011 under the Obama administration based upon the assessment that the likelihood of war with Russia had declined. Funding for the fleet, it was argued, could be better spent on buying new…

Minister: Time for European defense cooperation to show tangible results

Monday, May 7, 2018

It is time for enhanced cooperation within the European Union in defense to start demonstrating tangible results, Estonian Defense Minister Jüri Luik (Pro Patria) said at an informal meeting of EU defense ministers in Sofia that focused on the implementation of the permanent enhanced cooperation format known as PESCO. “European defense cooperation has moved forward considerably over the past year. Now it is time to start demonstrating tangible results,” Luik said…

Antonov confirms SALIS offer to NATO

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Antonov has confirmed to Jane’s its offer to provide additional outsized airlift to NATO following the announcement by Volga-Dnepr that it will no longer support the alliance. The Ukrainian-based company reaffirmed on 2 May its offer to provide the necessary number of An-124-100 aircraft to support NATO’s Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS) programme, after the Russian-based provider said that when the current contract expires at the end of the year…

Estonian cyber security company among the winners of the NATO Defence Innovation Challenge

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Estonian cyber security company, CybExer Technologies, has been selected as one of the winners of the NATO Defence Innovation Challenge. In its third annual iteration, the NATO agency’s contest highlights new technologies that strengthen the alliance’s cyber capabilities and serve as a reference point for defence companies around the world. Small and medium-sized businesses as well as academics from 29 NATO member states participated in this year’s contest that…

Syrian military uncovers large quantity of NATO-made weapons in Douma

Friday, May 4, 2018

A mine-clearing operation saw hundreds of explosives being laid out in Douma on Wednesday, following the city’s liberation from Jaysh al-Islam militants. According to the Russian Reconciliation Centre for Syria, Syrian sappers have so far detected and defused a total of 1.2 thousand mines, 1.5 tonnes of explosive material and four thousand home-made explosive devices. The centre also reported that an arsenal left behind by militants included landmines with the…

NATO military spending continues to dwarf that of Russia

By Alasdair Sandford on Thursday, May 3, 2018

Military spending in NATO countries continues to dwarf equivalent spending in Russia and the gap widened in 2017, according to the latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Data provided by the organisation which studies conflict, weapons and arms control found that Russia slipped from third to fourth place in the table of states with the highest military expenditure. Moscow spent $66.3 billion in 2017, nearly three billion dollars…